We have not talked about the BitCash (BITC) project for quite some time, but it just got our attention once more with its recent fork. BitCash has moved to the new X16Rv2 algorithm, however you will not be able to GPU mine it for the moment as the existing miner software does not support the specific header that BITC uses. So until there is official support from a GPU miner specifically for the BITC variant of X16Rv2 the coin can only be solo CPU mined via the wallet. This might be interesting for some miners out there that have decent CPUs sitting idle as this might be a good opportunity for you to stack up some coins before GPU mining becomes available again.

Update: BitCash will have another hard fork in a few days on 6 October 10:00 UTC to correct the problem with the mining. This hard fork will bring back the possibility of GPU mining. There is a new wallet version 0.17.20 already. Everybody needs to upgrade to the new version. After the new fork we should be able to use the T-Rex GPU again for X16Rv2 mining with GPUs.

For more details about the BitCash (BITC) crypto project…

If you are looking for a CPU miner with support for the RandomX mining algorithm that Monero (XMR) will be forking to you might want to try the latest XMRig miner. Apart from the RandomX algorithm it also supports two variations, namely the RandomWOW used by Wownero and RandomXL used by Loki, so that you can get actual performance on what hashrate to expect from your CPUs. If you need a pool where you can test the new RandomX algorithm you try the randomx-benchmark.xmrig.com:7777. We remind you that currently AMD’s latest Ryzen CPUs do manage to offer the best performance in terms of hashrate. Also CPU performance of a higher-end processor for RandomX currently better than what you will most likely get from a single or even multiple GPU mining rig for the moment…

XMRig Algorithm names to use:
– rx/0 for RandomX (Monero)
– rx/wow for RandomWOW (Wownero)
– rx/loki for RandomXL (Loki)

To download and try the latest version of the XMRig CPU miner with RandomX support…

Monero (XMR) will be once more changing its PoW algorithm for mining in an effort to attract regular miners CPU/GPU miners and drive away FPGA/ASIC miners. Testing on the private RandomX testnet has concluded successfully and RandomX PoW mining will move to public testing on the XMR testnet later today. There is quite some time left before the fork happens though, it is scheduled for block 1978433 that should hit sometime on November 30th, so there is time for you to get familiar with the new RandomX algorithm by then. If you are interested in checking out the performance of your CPUs, then you might want to check the official RandomX Benchmark app (link for download below). There is also a not so optimized OpenCL miner available that works on both AMD and Nvidia GPUs available as well, though performance might be disappointing compared to that of higher-end CPUs at this point.

It is interesting to note that the RandomX algorithm apparently favors CPU mining due to its design even GPUs might not do so well initially with it, though we are probably going to see better optimized GPUs miners soon enough. All in all this might make CPU mining attractive to miners around the fork date, though there are other factors to take into account as well, so we will have to wait and see. AMD’s Ryzen CPUs are doing particularly good in the initial benchmarks of the RandomX algorithm as it is already being used by the new project Epic Cash (EPIC). You can see that the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is doing particularly good in terms of performance with its big number of cores and low power consumption, though it is also an expensive and still hard to find product.

To download the RandomX Benchmark CPU app (Windows and Linux)…
To download the XMRig CPU miner with RandomX support (Windows and Linux)…
To download the RandomX OpenCL GPU miner (Windows only)…

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